They usually board by size of your dog and yes they will board together. Personally, I won't board my girls. I'd rather someone come to our house and watch them if they can't go along with me. Each Kennel is different, but some do give discounts for multiple dogs..especially if they are taking up less space by allowing another kennel available.
I'm going to Texas. I was there in November and drove, so I took my Shih tzu with on the road trip. She was so well behaved. This time I am flying, so will have to board the dogs.
I have someone that is coming in to feed the Dalmatian, but will have to make arrangements for the 2 smaller dogs, plus I still have Daisy's puppy. May end up re-homing him, as there is a family that had a Shih tzu rescue dog for 4 months and they are lost without it, now that a permanent home was found for her.
I didn't know if it would be considered correct for me to ask about a multiple dog discount, so thought I'd ask the experts here. :)
Yes, I would rather keep them home and pay someone to come in and feed them and let them outdoors, but will have to check into that option.
My friend brings her Rott out to play with my Dalmatian, as I have a huge dog pen for the dogs. She is going to feed Spotty while I am gone and I'm thinking to ask her if she can take care of the 2 little dogs also.
It would make my trip easier, if I knew they were being taken care of in their own home, instead of boarded, but I'm not sure I will have that option.
April is on her way with Hercules, Spotty's Rott friend, so I will ask her.
Having dogs is as much responsibility as having children. My son is grown up now, so I don't have to worry about him staying home alone, just wish I could rely on him to feed and water my dogs and let them outdoors for potty breaks. It would make my situation so much easier.
There are both good and bad boarding kennels just like anything else. I can only speak to the one that I work in/ live at. I cannot count the number of times we hear about the dog left in the care of a friend or relative not being there when the person got home. People forgetting that they were supposed to be caring for the pet, doors being left open and animals running off to search for their owners.
I know that there are horror stories involving boarding kennels too, but you should be able to avoid that by checking references. We use the local vet clinic and at least 3 people who work there board here so they are a fairly accurate reference. I would think most kennels have a clinic they use in case of emergency. Ask to tour the kennel and talk to the staff, other than compassionate caring knowledgeable staff and cleanliness I would cite a double blind containment system as extremely important. (a system where there is always at least one preferably two doors/fences/gates between the gates to their run and being loose).
As to the boarding rates we offer a reduction for multiple dogs/cats from one family unit in one run providing they can eat together and that they eat the same thing. Normally this is limited to 2 pets but we do have one family group of 3 small dogs and one group of 3 cats.
***Edited By: TJRuff on 2/9/2005 6:12:54 PM*** Reason: sp
Most kennels will offer a discount for multiple dogs, as long as they can be in the same kennel run together.
I've had people come to my house & "dogsit" as well as having managed a large boardng kennel. I'm always leary when people say they're having a neighbor/friend watch the dogs. While something can happen at a boarding kennel, the staff typically has the experience/knowledge to know some dogs are not comfortable there and they take the appropriate precautions. With people housesitting, some forget to come by as scheduled, gates get left open, etc.
Call several kennels and request to take a tour. Here are a few things to look for:
Kennel runs should be clean and free of accumulated pet waste.
There should not be an odor of urine in the facilities
Check to see the cleanliness of the water buckets (are they frequently changed, or is water just "added"?
Ask if they have a veterinarian on call 24/7
Ask if you can bring your own food if necessary
Once choosing a facility, you need to:
a. be honest with the staff on any habits your dog may have. Is s/he a fear biter, does s/he dig, climb, or have any other habit that could put him in jeopardy while at the kennel.
b. make sure your vaccines are UTD. This includes kennel cough, which should be administered several weeks prior to his being boarded to be effective.
By doing your homework, you can both have a "vacation"
the only times i have seen discounts given were for 3 or more pets. i would advise against having them kenneled together. even dogs who normally get along wonderfully can fight when housed together in a small space. maybe they can be kenneled side by side or across from each other and let out to play together once or twice a day.
most places that are strictly boarding kennels have what they call runs, which are chainlink type enclosures that keep all the dogs seperated from one another. typically they are 3-5 foot wide and anywhere form 4-10 foot long. some places have indoor outdoor runs where they can go in and out all day.some are strictly indoor and they have to be let out each time. some also have cages which are similiar to crates for tiny dogs who would get lost in a big enclosure or not feel as secure in a bigger enclosure. does anyone around you board their dogs ? maybe you could ask for recommendations from someone. i have seen some crap holes and i have seen some really nice places. where do you live ? if you lived in jersey i could tell you about some really nice ones in my area of the state.
I have a dogsitter..actually several in case one cant make it. I found them through the local college. All colleges have a student employment center. I have them come out to see how they react with the dogs and how the dogs are with them. I pay them $30 a day and they have to be willing to sleep here.